Green Hill was founded in 1866 by thirteen women and called the Society for Relief of the Respectable Aged Women in Newark, New Jersey. The non-profit enterprise began as a home for these unmarried and widowed women who wanted to spend their elder years together providing each other with friendship and support. The example that these founding women set for senior housing launched a demand for similar housing for other elder women in the community. The “Society” grew to fill two buildings in Newark. Services expanded again as they merged in 1958 with the Home to form the Memorial Center for Women. In 1965 the organization moved to West Orange into the Green’s Hotel building and became Green Hill. In 1998 Green Hill welcomed men to the stately Legacy building that sits high on 21 acres of the second Watchung Mountain Ridge.
Green Hill continues the mission of the thirteen founding mothers as an innovator in senior care and services for the region. Green Hill, in collaboration with Garden State Equality, is leading the way in LGBT Senior Housing and Care planning with the upcoming release of the LGBT Housing and Care needs assessment survey to stakeholders across the state, and an LGBT Senior Housing and Care Expo on June 9th.
Green Hill is the first in New Jersey to include the The Villas at Green Hill in its variety of care models. Green Hill continues to exceed expectations in the field of elder care with programs such as Care For Life where elders may remain in their home indefinitely at Green Hill regardless of payer source, and Green Hill @Home, providing individualized care and assistance to elders in their own homes by the highly trained experts of the Green Hill staff.